Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” The entire creation declares what God is like. That includes animals.
True, the animal kingdom is under the Curse that came with humanity’s fall. See Romans 8:20-21, “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God."
Therefore the viciousness in some animals, for instance the animal that eats its own young, does not speak of God’s character. Nevertheless, there is a beauty to the animal kingdom, even evident today in its fallen state, that God celebrates as the Creator. In his self-revelation in the book of Job, he speaks of many of his animal kingdoms, including the horse, which he describes with obvious fondness and pride (Job 39:19-25).
These photographs are among National Geographic’s best. To me they are a worship experience. They speak not only of the beauty of God’s creation, but the skill of others of God’s creatures—the photographers. Enjoy and worship the great God of creation. And look forward to the wonders that await us on the New Earth, where there will be no more curse (Revelations 22:3).
Photo by Jan Canty on Unsplash
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.